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Main » 2010 » May » 18 » MRM1 “Rassvet” module is berthed to the ISS.

MRM1 “Rassvet” module is berthed to the ISS.

On May 18, 2010 the new Russian mini research module "Rassvet” was docked to the ISS’s "Zarya” module nadir docking port. The module was grabbed from the Atlantis payload bay in the evening of May 17. Then on May 18, the module was handed over carefully by SRMS to the ISS manipulator. The berthing to the Russian segment was completed in about three hours, at 12:19 UTC.

Image above: The International Space Station's robotic arm moves the Russian Mini-Research Module-1, named Rassvet, to its new position on the Russian segment of the station. Photo NASA.

Astronauts, Cosmonauts Work Together to Install Russian Module. Shuttle Commander Ken Ham and Pilot Tony Antonelli maneuvered the shuttle robotic arm to unberth the module from Atlantis’ payload bay and positioned it for handoff to the station robotic arm. Mission Specialists Garrett Reisman and Piers Sellers were at the station arm controls to maneuver MRM-1 to its new position on the Russian segment. Expedition 23 Commander Oleg Kotov monitored the activities from the Russian segment as the MRM-1 engaged into its automated docking sequence for the final attachment to the station.

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